Manchester United are in talks to signal Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez as new supervisor Erik ten Hag continues to drill the facet in his proactive, urgent soccer on the opposite facet of the world.
The Dutchman is charged with overseeing a rebuild at Outdated Trafford after the Pink Devils completed a chastening season sixth, with their lowest ever Premier League factors tally.
Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Nemanja Matic are amongst these to have left since then, however Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia is the one new face on the pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia.
Additional additional acquisitions might quickly comply with as free agent Christian Eriksen verbally agreed to hitch a membership that has held superior talks with Ajax about defender Martinez.
The Argentina worldwide is eager on the transfer to United, with soccer director John Murtough and chief government Richard Arnold travelling to Amsterdam to debate the switch.
The manager duo have additionally not too long ago been in Barcelona because the well-documented pursuit of midfielder Frenkie de Jong continues as Ten Hag reshapes the group in his picture.
The final fortnight’s work on the coaching floor was evident in flashes on Tuesday night time in Bangkok, the place United confirmed indicators of promise in a 4-0 pleasant victory in opposition to rivals Liverpool.
“In each a part of the of the group I need proactivity,” Ten Hag mentioned. “That is crucial, that gamers take initiative – on the ball and off the ball, offence and defence.
“I might not say that we performed man marking (in opposition to Liverpool) On a sure second we performed man marking and we wish to press.
“We wish to press all day, by that I imply proactive soccer.
“Typically we will we do that prime but when (it is) not attainable then we have now to learn it as a group and we drop decrease.
“However, nonetheless, we wish to press. That must be the intention all day.”
United at the moment are on the Australian leg of the tour and skilled behind closed doorways at AAMI Park on Thursday, when Ten Hag and his fellow coaches’ directions might be heard from exterior the stadium.
They’re enjoying two friendlies in Melbourne over the approaching days, with round 150,000 anticipated on the MCG throughout Friday’s recreation in opposition to Melbourne Victory and the Tuesday conflict with Crystal Palace.
Harry Maguire – confirmed as Ten Hag’s captain in the beginning of the week – is in line to function in these video games having missed the Liverpool win with a knock.
Cristiano Ronaldo, although, stays in Europe because the star ahead offers with a household difficulty.
“(Maguire) is accessible for tomorrow,” Ten Hag mentioned. “We are going to see. I believe he can play half a recreation.
“We made a press release (on Ronaldo). Nothing has modified.
“It’s pre-season however soccer you play to win. Ultimately, it is all the time necessary profitable.
“However after all it’s pre-season, we have now to develop our group, in order that can be a very massive goal for the sport.”
The pleasant in opposition to A-League facet Melbourne Victory, who this week signed former United man Nani, seems to be like an excellent likelihood to begin younger abilities and beforehand peripheral gamers.
Zidane Iqbal, the 19-year-old academy graduate, impressed off the bench in Thailand, the place Donny van de Beek – a star of Ten Hag’s Ajax facet – wore a United shirt for the primary time since January.
“I mentioned earlier than already, I believe Manchester United has an enormous potential, and actually good gamers,” he mentioned.
“We’ve got skilled gamers, but additionally numerous younger guys, younger boys, who’ve numerous potential.
“Now it is to get the potential out and due to this fact we have now to work actually exhausting.
“Man United is known for it. Marcus Rashford is one, eh? It is a image of the academy of Manchester United and there will likely be extra abilities coming after.”
Requested if he noticed Van de Beek in a deeper or extra superior midfield function, Ten Hag added: “He can do each and I do know that from the previous.
“However his greatest place that (exhibits) his capabilities (is) within the field of the opponent, so enjoying brief behind a striker. He has a very good odor for being in the precise place.”